CISO 4504 Mixed Methods Research

This course defines the notion of research, then moves on to discuss the various characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research, especially within the framework of a qual/quant continuum, wherein qualitative and quantitative research characteristics interact. The course then explains the most salient features of mixed methods research (MMR), while distinguishing among three main varieties of MMR: qualitative mixed, pure mixed, and quantitative mixed methods research. The course will be organized around the following topics: defining research; starting research projects; gathering, compiling, and coding data; analyzing quantitative data; analyzing qualitative data; analyzing MMR data; presenting research results; writing research reports; and disseminating research. Examples of these techniques are drawn from second language MMR projects recently conducted around the world, where MMR did indeed provide interesting answers. Hands-on exercises will accompany each topic.




Brown James Dean